Category Archives: human rights

The Shock Doctrine 4: Parallel Lines

by matttbastard Chapter 3: States of Shock: The Bloody Birth of the  Counter-revolution (Previous posts here, here and here; Sarah’s posts here.) I think those programs were absolutely essential to the success we enjoyed of being able to collect the … Continue reading

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New Challenges, New Opportunities

by matttbastard The most recent edition of openDemocracy’s 50/50 quarterly features an interview with Dr. Yakin Erturk, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, on how the global economic crisis is affecting women.  Dr. Erturk also notes the … Continue reading

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Der Spiegel: Former Peace Negotiators Call for End to Hamas Boycott

by matttbastard This is big: They were part of the peace settlements in Cambodia, Somalia and Bosnia, they negotiated with militant groups like the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka or the IRA in Northern Ireland and a few of them … Continue reading

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The Shock Doctrine 2: Clean Slates

by matttbastard Chapter One: The Torture Lab Ewan Cameron, the CIA and the maniacal quest to erase and remake the human mind (previous posts in this series here and here; Sarah’s take on chapter one is here) “Economic growth may … Continue reading

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On Diversity, The New York Post, and Cartoons That Just Aren’t Funny, Man.

by matttbastard My partner-in-crime, Sarah Jaffe, is on deadly point re: cartoonist Sean Delonas and the now-infamous New York Post race fail: Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post said on MSNBC (at about 3:55 of the video) that the problem … Continue reading

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The Doctrine in Action

by matttbastard Hooray for shock therapy in Afghanistan: Senior British, US and local aid workers have described a number of problems [with reconstruction in Afghanistan] including bribery, profiteering, poor planning and incompetence. The overall effect has been to cripple the … Continue reading

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The Shock Doctrine.

by matttbastard and Sarah J We’re watching the collapse of capitalism in real time, slow motion. The economic crisis was largely the result of a vast speculative bubble, one that inevitably had to burst, and those in charge of U.S. … Continue reading

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PSA: Support the Uniting American Families Act of 2009

by matttbastard Immigration Equality: Great News! Rep. Jerrold Nadler plans to reintroduce the Uniting American Families Act on Feb. 13! You can make the bill a success by convincing your Representative to support the bill from Day One. Reintroducing the … Continue reading

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Stretching a Gapingly Inapt Analogy (Without Forceps, Even!)

by matttbastard Paging Robert E. Lee: According to [Missouri] Republican State Rep. Bryan Stevenson, the proposed pro-choice “Freedom of Choice Act” is the biggest federal power grab since the “War of Northern Aggression.” Listen: Oh well.  At least the fetus … Continue reading

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Solidarity.

by matttbastard Resistance: it’s not futile, it’s fuzzy. Recommend this post at Progressive Bloggers

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